By on October 14, 2015

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Judging from the comments on my Beetle review, some of you clearly think I’m using this whole “shattered leg” thing as an excuse to just phone it in until I can obtain a prescription for Dilaudid and start writing the authentic Hunter S. Thompson psychedelia once again. Do not worry, my little kittens. Papa has heard your cries and I will do right by you in every particular. I have plenty of time to do so, since my injuries will keep me from having sex for at least four days, possibly five. Which for me is a long time, because as you know I like to get down whenever I can.

Let us begin thus: Yesterday, I was relaxing in pre-op, waiting for a bunch of screws made from the same material as my IWC Ingenieur Titanium to be placed in my second-favorite tibia, listening to “Last Train Home” from Metheny’s first “Brazilian” record, 1987’s Still Life Talking, when the young lady next to me said “Your phone’s buzzing. Maybe it’s important.” I recognized the number: a dedicated TTAC reader and occasional contributor with a definite fondness for Mitsubishis.

“I’d better take this,” I said, waving off the surgery team.


“Mitsubishi has been a good match for my personality,” the man said. “I enjoy a vehicle that performs well at its intended purpose, but has enough rough edges to keep it from being a vanilla box with wheels.” I don’t have the clearance necessary to know exactly what this fellow does for a living, but it involves traveling the world in the company of various paramilitary and spook types. He’s driven Pajeros all over the world, and he’s owned a Montero in California, but when he’s in Ohio he drives Lancers, usually Ralliarts but sometimes the plain Lancer AWD.

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This fellow is paid in a most unreasonable manner for his black-hat shenanigans, so why does he own three Lancers instead of one Audi S6? You might as well ask me why I had two Phaetons instead of one Bentley Continental Flying Spur, or why I have seventy pairs of Allen-Edmonds instead of twenty pairs of John Lobbs. Sometimes it’s best to go low-profile here in the Buckeye State. After all, whether you’re talking about the Longaberger Building or the “Field Of Corn”, Ohioans love nothing more than spending outrageous amounts of money on looking humble. So three Lancers it is. But should he make it four?

On first glance, the Evolution Final Edition seems like a reasonable deal. For $38,805, you get what is basically a GSR with a bunch of extra cool stuff and an engine that finally breaks the 300-horsepower barrier, if only by 3. Another way to look at that, unfortunately, is that when the Evolution arrived on these shores it had 271 horsepower against the Mustang GT’s 260. Today, a Mustang GT has 435 horsepower. So the Evo has gone from being 1.04 Mustangs at its US debut to 0.69 Mustangs currently. Not good, particularly when you compare the sticker prices.

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Still, my friend likes AWD and he does not like Mustangs. That doesn’t mean that Ford has nothing to tempt him. The new Focus RS, for example. It’s almost certain to be faster. On the other hand, I’m not sure that my mighty J35Y2 Accord is not, in fact, faster than both of them, particularly after a couple of heat-soaked racetrack laps. She’s got that single-cam VTEC, you know, and she’s every bit as much of a man’s car as any Mitsubishi ever built. Plus the interior’s of a higher quality than what you get with either Focus or Lancer. Not that my friend cares: “I do not care about soft touch panels, or the coolest IP layout. Just have everything front and center for a quick glance, because when driving it seems to work better when looking thru the windshield and having the paws on the steering wheel and shifter.” So no i-MID display required, then.

So… should he get in line for a Final Edition, or settle for the Focus RS? Part of me wants to tell him that it’s his responsibility as an American to stand up against whatever Democratic backroom shenanigans have forced Mitsubishi to plead fealty to an electric future just to be permitted to stay in this marketplace. I’m writing this during the Democratic “debate” in which the media will formally crown Hilary and I guarantee you that we’re no more likely to hear about the disappearance of the Evolution than we are to hear about Vince Foster’s “suicide note” which basically said “HILARY IS AWESOME HRC DID NOTHING WRONG SORRY FOR THE MESS HILARY P.S. YOU DIDN’T DO ANYTHING WRONG”.

So a vote for the Evolution is a vote against Hilary, which is a vote for an American future in which we are not all hooked up in pods and forced to dream in the Matrix. Not that I’d mind endlessly reliving my past life in the Matrix, whether we’re talking about my attempt at pimping or some of my absolutely transcendent club-racing starts. On the other hand, a vote for the Focus is also a vote for America, because the Focus is built in Michigan while the Fiesta ST is built in Mexico. I believe in buying American wherever possible. If you come to my house, you’ll see that everything from the Sub-Zero fridge to the Paul Reed Smith Private Stock guitars to the MESA Mark V Private Reserve amplifier is made right — and made right here.

What I’m going to tell my friend is this: Any time you can’t decide on something, flip a coin. Cover it with your hand. When you take your hand away and see the result, do you feel disappointment? If so, make the other choice. I think that his heart will tell him to go with the Mitsubishi. That even if the Final Edition doesn’t make perfect rational sense, it will still appeal to his heart. That’s what really matters. And the Evolution might not be “cool” any more, but you can still have fun with a car if it isn’t “cool”. Here’s an example: me with two young fans in front of my Oldsmobile Achieva. Until next time!

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What do you say, B&B — did I hit every single one of the Mandatory Jack Baruth Post Qualities laid out in the Beetle comments? Hope you enjoyed it!

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112 Comments on “Ask Jack: The Final Countdown...”


  • avatar
    NeilM

    Credit where it’s due: you did. Although the Dilaudid seems already to have kicked in (not that there’s anything wrong with that). May that tibia heal quickly.

    • 0 avatar
      zamoti

      Kicked in and then some. That photoshop, wow. Who needs shadows, driver sideview mirrors, proportion, position and clean cut lines anyway? THOSE are for chumps.

    • 0 avatar
      Driver8

      I recommend reverse cowgirl. Works for all forms of post-op.

      • 0 avatar

        With a tibial plateau fracture, the last part of recovery is being able to put weight directly on the knee. That means doggy and missionary are out for a while.

        My TPF was worse that Jack’s, though. He needed two screws and some washers. I needed a bone graft, a plate (Jack’s hardware matches his watch, I was disappointed the plate was stainless steel, not titanium to match the bike I was riding when the injury occurred) and two more screws than he did.

        Regarding cowgirl, reverse or otherwise, that’s true, but you still can’t put any weight on the femur till the bone below starts to mend. My doc made me wait a month.

        Not the worst dry spell in my life by a long shot.

        On the other hand, help with bathing and showering can be fun.

  • avatar
    tresmonos

    we wait with bated breath for tbone33’s commentary…

    actually I’m rather preoccupied with pounding nails through my d1ck as that is more constructive than caving to the moronic opinion of the B&B.

  • avatar
    raph

    Damnit! Lambo doors belong on lambos! Or are they GT40 doors? GT40 doors belong on GT40s! Not on badly photoshopped Achievas!

    • 0 avatar
      tresmonos

      Don’t knock that Achieva – that car could ooze with class (fender skirts only belong on the most classy ladies) or be more car than any of the B&B can handle (W41 with getrag trans)

      • 0 avatar
        bball40dtw

        I had an Achieva SCX. N-Body love runs deep.

        • 0 avatar
          zamoti

          Was at CnC this summer, an SCX rolled in. Kid had put on multiple layers of the shiniest wax, similar treatment for the wheels and tires–he was there to impress. Young master came just late enough for there to be a good turnout and ONE spot left right in the middle of the mixed bag cars. He cruises nice and slow making sure everyone has a moment to get a look and then also slowly make way for him to park. He gets parked, gets out–then everyone takes a look and disperses to go look at a s10 with a Bravada nose.
          SCX fail.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Haha. When I bought mine, I just knew it was a clean Oldsmobile that was a decent price. My dad had to drive it home because I did not know how to drive a stick yet.

        • 0 avatar
          tresmonos

          mad respect, yo. The SCX was a hell of a machine.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            It was an NVH disaster, but that’s the fault of the Quad-4. Built with pride in Lansing, MI. I bought it from an old lady in Howell, MI. During the 8-9 years she owned it, that Achieva had never been more than 50 miles away from the plant that created it.

        • 0 avatar
          JohnTaurus_3.0_AX4N

          I had a 95 Achieva S 3.1L sedan. It was awful. Ive always liked the car, but I think Id like one newer (with a better dash layout) and with a Quad 4 and a manual. Not sure if the coupe stuck around after the 96 update, but if so, that.

          Id really rather have an Alero coupe 2.4/5spd.

          My Achieva leaked water into the body. I had to drill drain holes in the doors because they would fill with water. The weather stripping was all there and in perfect condition.

          The TCC solenoid was acting up. I bought a new one and paid a trans shop to install it. I also bought new Valvoline Max Life Synthetic trans fluid and a filter/pan gasket. The shop called and said they found a lot of debris in the pan and suggested returning the solenoid and getting rid of the car. And, so I did, but in my defense, it shifted perfectly after the new fluid/filter. It was like a whole new unit. The TCC solenoid stopped acting up. I saw the car 3-4 years later with a different owner, still driving.

          The 3.1L was quick enough but developed an intake manifold gasket leak (big surprise!).

          I hated the layout of the instrument cluster. At first I thought the round gauges and layout were similar to sporty GM cars of yore, but then I realized I couldnt see the damned fuel gauge unless I leaned forward and looked through the steering wheel. Very stupid.

          I owned the Achieva for like a couple months. I lost a few hundred on it but it was a pile of problems and wasnt that great of a car anyway, so no loss.

          I liked the later Corsicas (speaking of N body), a 2.2L Corsica is usually pretty reliable. One came in on trade at the GM dealer, a 1996 with 64k on it. I had to go to Georgia to get a specially ordered truck, and I took the Corsica. It did very well on the trip. I showed it to my brother’s inlaws as their 90s big Oldsmobile was totaled out by their son. They bought the Corsica and had it for a decade or so and sold it with 200k+ on it. Replaced alternator, regular fluid changes and some minor switch for the A/C was all it asked for.

          We went to an early 90s Corsica when our then-new mid-late 90s Cavalier broke down again in driver’s ed. It was my turn to drive so I was the first to drive the Corsica. I had driven the Cavalier previously and hated it. I liked the Corsica right off. It just felt like a better car. I know its a streached J body really but I swear its twice the car a Crapalier is.

          I had an 88 Corsica LT 2.8L and it was a pos mechanicly despite being low mileage, one owner. Didnt like the interior at all and was glad to be rid of it. The later style interior was much improved.

          Funny: My instructor saw me take my foot off the accelerator on I-5 and the school’s Corsica kept going. He was like “how..how..?” I said “cruise control.” He said he had been in the car since it was brand new and never realized it had cruise control. Probably the first time it was used was by me that day lol.

      • 0 avatar
        Drzhivago138

        On a semi-related note, could anyone point me to a good side-view pic of any of the ’92-’98 N-bodies? Any of the three makes, coupe or sedan, preferably 640 x 480 or larger. It’s for a project I’m doing.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          I’ll have to see if there is still pictures of my sweet ’93 or ’96 N-Body at my parents house.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          Okies.

          http://images.gtcarlot.com/pictures/10969099.jpg
          http://cimg.carsforsale.com/153306/63F0CC90-51BD-4BFA-8EFD-FD446F4D4F74_3.jpg
          http://images.gtcarlot.com/pictures/15996258.jpg
          https://autopolis.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/97se.jpg
          http://images.gtcarlot.com/pictures/17336404.jpg
          http://images.dealerrevs.com/gallery/photo.php?id=38698343

          • 0 avatar
            Drzhivago138

            Nyehh, most of these are a little bit off-angle, either side-to-side or above, but maybe I can make them work. Thank you all the same.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            These car dealers and students don’t get out their protractors enough when taking pics!

          • 0 avatar
            Drzhivago138

            I’m looking for stuff like you’d find at oldparkedcars.com. High-res photos of a perfect profile. The only problem is that it’s *old*–generally nothing newer than 1990. Pics of stuff made after 2000 I can get from evoxstock.com, so stuff in the mid-’90s is the hardest.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            Well your Malibu is N, and it’s there. So that’s one for you.

            http://www.evoxstock.com/results.asp?search=1&searchtxtkeys=Chevrolet+Malibu+sedan+2000+LS+&browsertitle=Chevrolet+Malibu+2000+LS&carpick=10d35d1d1d1&screenwidth=1633

          • 0 avatar
            Drzhivago138

            Yep, the one I didn’t need a pic of (made in 2003=get a pic from evoxstock) turned out to be the best pic of the bunch. Thanks for taking the time, anyway.

            http://images.cobaltgroup.com/evox/color_0640_001/1805/1805_cc0640_001_37Ux650.jpg

        • 0 avatar
          Featherston

          Is your project a companion piece to Charles Ray’s “Unpainted Sculpture”?

        • 0 avatar
          NoGoYo

          I’ve got this, though unfortunately there’s a shadow and I didn’t get the whole nose.

          http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh222/rockmanDX3/MyLark2.jpg

          RIP Skylark, you were a POS and an absolute nightmare when your wet windows frosted over on the inside, but at least you were faster than the Nova.

      • 0 avatar
        ajla

        Cutlass Calais >>>>>> Achieva.

        • 0 avatar
          bball40dtw

          Make mine a 442 version.

        • 0 avatar
          CoreyDL

          Eighty-Eight LSS > Calais > Achieva!

          • 0 avatar
            Drzhivago138

            A Ninety-Eight Regency trumps all, but only with the Touring powertrain.

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            The LSS with supercharged 3800 is only the best sleeper ever built. Almost two decades later and no one has topped it.

            Unfortunately, other than being a sleeper, it’s also an H-body with exterior and interior design that are phoned in even by ’90s GM standards. Although it has a double-DIN radio opening so you can give it modern infotainment.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            The seats in the LSS look very comfy. Every time I see one for sale, they’re asking too much for it and/or it’s rek’d.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Sleeper, eh? What about the Chevy SS? When people see it, they think, “That’s a weird looking Malibu.”

          • 0 avatar
            ajla

            I like the exterior of the LSS okay, it’s a less spazzy Bonneville.

            The seats are better in the Pontiacs though IMO and the “leather” GM used at the time is really poor.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I liked the 92-99 Bonneville in the right colors. Especially red with gold stripe SSEI with gold mesh wheels. :D
            http://s254.photobucket.com/user/1994BonnevilleSSEi/media/Bright%20Red%201994%20SSEi/P9220404_zpsdb00136b.jpg.html

            But the 2000+ Bonneville was a hot mess spaz indeed.

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            I just don’t get the “SS looks like a Malibu” meme. It has some of the same styling cues but 100% different proportions. The proportions are classical RWD sport sedan. Nothing that looks like a RWD sport sedan and has 19s, Brembos, and a loud exhaust is really a sleeper.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            I think it’s now time for brilliant and rare Trofeo FE3, by the way.

            http://www.ebay.com/itm/Oldsmobile-Toronado-Trofeo-/361407908447?forcerrptr=true&hash=item5425970a5f&item=361407908447

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            I don’t get it either but earlier this year my co-workers asked a customer if he liked his new Malibu. It was an SS.

            The MKS Ecoboost may be a sleeper as well, but I don’t know if it’s fast enough to qualify.

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            Buick Riviera is a true sleeper in retrospect, and one of the few mitigating factors I’d allow into evidence & consideration at Government Motors (a near total, complete lost cause of an entity run by dullards and retards)…

            …Honda did a complete, early redesign of the Civic when Consumer Reports came down on it harshly, yet GM can’t even swap out the f**kin’ binary gauge clusters for 21st century ones on the 2016 MY “premium” Cadillac ATS & CTS FFS!!!

          • 0 avatar
            Drzhivago138

            I actually prefer the later G-body (FWD) Bonneville, at least aesthetically. It had a much cleaner look IMO.

            As I’ve said before, I think Chevy should’ve put the Impala name on their own version of a G-body sedan instead of a lengthened W-body.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            DW-

            Do you mean the Regal?

          • 0 avatar
            dal20402

            bball, I know that feeling, even if I don’t understand it… plenty of people thought my G8 GXP, long hood, loud V8 noise, and all, was an ex-rental G6 with fancy wheels.

            Corey, those cars deserve some respect. GM was doing some really good work with FWD handling in the ’90s. Unfortunately, as ever with GM, execution lagged conception and the cars had a lot of quality issues and obvious cost-cutting.

          • 0 avatar
            DeadWeight

            “…one of the few mitigating factors I’d allow into evidence & consideration at Government Motors…”

            …NEXT DEATH SENTENCE/BANKRUPTCY TRIALS.

          • 0 avatar
            CoreyDL

            DW must mean Regal GS. The Riviera, thought it got the 3800SC was kinda huge and floppy.

            AS A RIVIERA SHOULD BE!

            But the quality was not there, and the interior is a dreadful bucket of (sometimes) teal/burgundy plastic.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            The Church approves of this thread.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Someday, many moons from now, this post will be rerun as part of a remembrance to Jack Baruth. It encapsulates him well.

    And yes by all means get the final EVO! If you like them you’ll certainly want the last of the breed.

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      Is this the final, Final EVO? They just keep finding more EVO parts laying around. I bet this is like the Kiss Farewell Tour.

      • 0 avatar
        Drzhivago138

        The Rolling Stones 2035 Final Farewell Tour: This Time We Really, Really Mean It

        • 0 avatar
          Pch101

          I’m looking forward to The Who’s 40th Annual Farewell Tour.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            Is it really The Who without Moon and Entwistle? Ringo’s son on the drums was fine(I also saw him drum for Oasis), but without Thunderfingers, I don’t know if they are actually The Who. At least he died doing what he loved; coke and strippers.

          • 0 avatar
            Drzhivago138

            Led Zeppelin broke up when their drummer died. The Who should’ve learnt by example (yes, I know theirs happened first). “Eminence Front,” the only good post-Moon song, could’ve just as easily been a great Pete Townshend solo tune.

          • 0 avatar
            Pch101

            The Who isn’t the same now that Daltrey has a half-octave range. At this point, I’d rather see a cover band.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            “It’s Hard” was an awful album. “Face Dances” was alright. If “You Better You Bet” comes on the radio, I won’t turn it off.

          • 0 avatar
            bball40dtw

            The last performance by The Who that I remember being any good was The Concert for New York after 9/11. They were actually REALLY good. David Bowie was great as well. He did a version of Paul Simon’s “America” with a Suzuki Omnichord.

          • 0 avatar

            I was at the Wed night jam at the Blue Goose. There’s a 15 year old kid named Brendon Linsley who’s more or less been adopted by many of the great guitar players in Detroit. Musically wise beyond his years, besides the fact that he has chops and taste. He was co-leading the jam, playing with Jimmy Alter and his band. A lot of players, older ones like Jimmy McCarty and Kenny Parker and younger ones like Jason Bone were in the house to watch the kid. Brendon’s passing it along. He made sure that a 7 year old kid that’s just learning how to play the blues harp got a chance to play.

            I’m a child of the ’60s and I’ve seen the Who play twice, at the Silverdome, with the original band in 1975 (Toots & the Maytals were the opening act) and in 1979, after Moon died, with the Clash opening up. I thought the Clash upstaged them that night. The ’79 show was only days after 11 people got killed in a stampede at the Who show in Cincinnati. My ex and I were almost freaked out by the mood of incipient violence in the air, 10 years after Altamont.

            So I have nothing against the Who or the Stones or the remnants of my beloved Grateful Dead getting together, but the ticket prices are steep and you can see great music in your hometown for the price of a beer.

            Support live music in your community.

        • 0 avatar
          VolandoBajo

          This time we really mean it, because we have all been dead for several years and our corpses are starting to rot.

          The one who amazes me the most is Keith, though I don’t know how any of them manage to put on as much of a show as they do, even allowing for the miracles of modern pharmaceuticals.

  • avatar
    schmitt trigger

    “When you take your hand away and see the result, do you feel disappointment? If so, make the other choice.”

    Excellent advice.

  • avatar
    Quentin

    I’d go with the Evo and I think your friend will be happy with it based on his taste that you described. The hockey puck chewing Focus RS just doesn’t do it for me.

  • avatar
    Waftable Torque

    70 pairs of Allen Edmonds. And here I was thinking my 4 pairs were excessive. At least they were memorable enough to call them by model name (Clifton, Lexington, Worthington, and Conway).

    I’ve reduced my holdings down to 2, and only because I’ve come to the conclusion that I like certain things in dress shoes, such as rubber, arch support, and waterproof membranes. You know, modern technology. YMMV.

  • avatar
    DeadWeight

    **Popcorn on the Hillary-Vince Foster comments (the tastiest bait for left wing TTACers, or for anyone still stuck in the left-right/red-blue Matrix Hologram)**

    Nice Oldsmobile.

    Mitsubishis are toxic to me, but I realize that this is highly subjective, and in the interest of full disclosure, at least partly a result of my disgust of the bizarre self-defeatism of the union members at Normal, Illinois Diamond-Star Assembly, partly a result of my own exposure to what I consider horrific Mitsubishi quality (mostly rental cars), and partly a deep – maybe even subconscious unless expressly called out – acknowledgement of the history of the Zero (and Mitsubishi’s role) in WWII (this is irrational, admittedly, given my views of the military-industrial complex’in any nation and its antipathy towards civilian lives, whether white, yellow, brown, black or whomever).

    Take it easy & heal fast. Get another pimp cane, maybe this time accompanied with a fur (real or faux I leave to your sole discretion) out of many colors.

    You earned it.

    p.s. If you’re on heavy duty meds after surgery AND feeling contemplative, what’s wrong with Bon Iver’s Blood Bank?

  • avatar
    ferdburful

    Go Focus RS. Evo is done.

  • avatar
    Wheatridger

    “Last Train Home” is a unique tune, an instrumental with a vocal break and a constant, unwavering, five-minute-long drum groove. A good, calming choice when facing surgery. But when you’re up and feeling your oats, try “TAP,” a recent, somewhat obscure disc Pat made of the music of John Zorn. It’s some of his most “outside” playing since “Song X,” with Ornette, with harsh, angry playing that redefines the concept of “notes.” I bet it improves your lap times.

  • avatar
    gtemnykh

    I’d be curious to hear which generation Montero your friend had out in Cali, my buddy bought a really ratty ’97 (2nd gen, the last with a solid rear axle and BOF) with well over 200k miles for something like $1200 that’s been a great desert-beater and camping rig. He’s got some balls just driving it around in remote areas near Barstow without much in the way of maintenance but it’s been working out just fine so far. I was inspired enough to start hunting around for one myself, before deciding that I’m happy enough owning one 1990s Japanese SUV already, no need for duplicity.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    You checked every single one off. Fantastic.

    • 0 avatar
      VolandoBajo

      I saw that he name checked the Accords, but missed how he said it could whup up on any Ferrari. But then I have had some problems recently, and though I concur completely with Jack’s assessment of Vitamin D/morphine/Oxy’s (as well as the comments by others), my doctor has seen fit to equip me only with M for severe pain.

      No real complaints, and I try to avoid using it as much as pain permits, but still I am envious of the total relief the D afforded him.

      As to the GI side effects, I have been through just about everything. My doc introduced me to Linzess about a year ago and to put it succinctly, it is a quick and painless solution. Not to mention it is much more dignified to take a pill every now and then, compared to other ways.

      Not the musical answer to taking your mind off your pain, but a good reminder of why you should leave the party while you still can, Clifton Hicks’ rendering of an old Civil War tune might be helpful.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO9Ixd3FaqI

      Though just for the pure hell of it, for pch101, it was known as the War of Northern Aggression by the author of the song.

  • avatar
    319583076

    You look like Chewbacca in that pic, playa. Also, I think of your stories as more Thurber than Thompson. But I enjoy nearly every single one. Thanks again!

  • avatar
    WhiskeyRiver

    “my injuries will keep me from having sex for at least four days, possibly five.”

    This sounds like a horrible surgery with a horrible short term recovery. I wasn’t aware that a broken leg required both arms to be strapped to your legs.

    Oh, wait… Sex… Is that the thing where there’s TWO people? I’m old enough that I’ve forgotten.

  • avatar
    VicMik

    You’ve neglected to mention in passing that you own some Porsches, which is a worthy to your persona as owning private stock Paul Reed Smith axes.

    • 0 avatar
      VicMik

      i.e….”whereas my 993 Carrera was 0.92 Mustangs (282 vs. 305) at its introduction the marque kept up with the times and still remains at 0.92 Mustangs (400 vs. 435) for the 2015 model year”

      Note the pricing ratio for 911 Carrera as compared to Mustang GT has remained about the same as well.

  • avatar
    VoGo

    Bravo, Jack!
    This one is classic.

  • avatar
    S2k Chris

    Not sure if photoshop, or scene of Michael J. Fox in full Teen Wolf regalia.

  • avatar
    LeeK

    If you really love driving — I mean really love it just for the sheer pleasure of driving — then the Evo is one of those all-time classics that really needs to be experienced to understand. Sure the interior is sub-par, the transmission whines, and there is really no sound-deadening to speak of. But for driving exhilaration, cars like this only come around once or twice in a generation.

    I daily-drove an Evo VIII for five years and consider myself blessed to have owned such a brilliant machine.

    PS Jack — that Swiss IWC watch isn’t very American now, is it? But then again not much is nowadays in the world of horology. Even Shinola watches use Swiss components and they certainly aren’t in the same league as the IWC. Hamilton, Ball — all Swiss manufacture. Timex — Chinese movements. Are there any totally US-made high-quality watches including the movements?

    • 0 avatar
      ajla

      RGM has an American movement.

      • 0 avatar
        LeeK

        Thanks for the info, ajla. A perusal of their website shows they are using Swiss ETA movements in some of their “less expensive” watches, but it’s really nice to see they have their own American-designed and manufactured movements for their high end watches. Of course, some of their watches cost more than an MX-5, but it’s great to know someone in the US is going head-to-head with the Swiss makers and Grand Seiko.

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      Wheeljack

      Even NASA selected a Swiss watch for the Astronauts to wear during EVAs, in spite of a lot of political pressure from the folks at Bulova.

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        LeeK

        It’s a little more complicated, as Bulova Accutron watches were worn by X-15, SR-71, and U-2 pilots as well as the first Mercury astronauts. The Bulova Accutron “Astronaut” was the first wristwatch in space. The Mercury seven also wore the Swiss-made Omega Speedmaster chronograph watch (sometimes both on the same mission) and it eventually won the competition to be the officially-issued watch of the Apollo program. Buzz Aldrin wore one on the surface of the moon and the Omega was used to time the rocket burns of the crippled Apollo XIII LEM when the on-board Bulova clocks could not be used. Bulova clocks were in the instrument panels of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo.

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    Isn’t the Focus RS built in Germany?

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    Domestic Hearse

    As long as you’re enjoying the dilaudid buzz, break out Bright Size Life and float along on the bliss.

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    WildcatMatt

    Not sure about the Doug-bot tag at the end, but full marks for the rest.

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